2007-2008

WPI Celebrates 26 Years of New Voices Theatre Festival

WPI's Department of Humanities and Arts and its theatre group Masque are celebrating the 26th anniversary of New Voices, the nation's longest-running collegiate new and original play festival. This year, 12 plays, all written, directed, and performed by members of the WPI community, were chosen for the festival. The festival will be held April 10-12 in WPI's Little Theatre.

What

Worcester Polytechnic Institute's (WPI) Department of Humanities and Arts and its theatre group Masque are celebrating the 26th anniversary of New Voices, the nation's longest-running collegiate new and original play festival. Since 1982, New Voices has featured original, unpublished scripts from WPI students, faculty, staff, alumni, and friends. This year, 12 plays, all written, directed, and performed by members of the WPI community, were chosen for the festival. They are:

First Draft, by Michael Ciaraldi; Trusted Download, by Dominic DiGiovanni; Love Love Love Three Stories of Love, by EJ Massa; To Stop, by Steven Vassella; Sympathy for the Devil, by Shannon "Haz" Harrower; Sudden Silence Sudden Heat, by Richard Pavis; Infected, by Richard Pavis; The Punisher: The Play, by Amy Castonguay; How to Meet Girls, for Voice Actors, by Adam Nakama; Walt and Wilde, by Adam Nakama; Something in the Void, by James Johnson; Glow, by Tofer Carlson. The production will feature a scenic design, called Escher’s Forgotten Garden, by Cara Marcy and Paul Messier.

Masque, which is among WPI's oldest student organizations, is one of several theatre groups at the university. The others include M.W. Repertory Theatre, Sunburns Theatre Company (summer theatre), and Student Comedy Productions (improvisational comedy troupes). These organizations offer approximately eight productions a year to the WPI and Worcester communities.

Admission to New Voices productions is free and open to the public. For more information about New Voices 26, visit http://users.wpi.edu/~newvoices/

When

Thursday, April 10 at 7 p.m.
Friday, April 11 at 5 and 8 p.m.
Saturday, April 12 at 7 p.m.

(Doors open 30 minutes prior to show start.)

Where

Worcester Polytechnic Institute
Little Theatre, located in Sanford Riley Hall, 100 Institute Road, Worcester, Mass.

April 2, 2008

Contact: Lorraine U. Martinelle, Public Relations Specialist, +1-508-831-6425, lurbans@wpi.edu Eileen Brangan Mell, Director of Public Relations, +1-508-831-6785, ebmell@wpi.edu